Archive for 'Therapies'

Painting a road to recovery: ‘Focus on our abilities, not our disabilities’, mental health patients say

Painting a road to recovery: ‘Focus on our abilities, not our disabilities’, mental health patients say

An artist-in-residence program in South Australia that has engaged four artists to work in mental inpatient units around the state is having a positive impact on the recovery of patients. The program supports mental health patients [...]

Culture change required to manage post-traumatic stress among police, emergency services

Culture change required to manage post-traumatic stress among police, emergency services

  Just as post-traumatic stress (PTS) exacts a costly toll on the military, it is taking a less-recognised toll on Australia’s police and emergency services. Normalising PTS within emergency services culture will go a long way [...]

Mental illness need not be a death sentence, Allan Fels warns

Mental illness need not be a death sentence, Allan Fels warns

People with a serious mental illness are dying on average 14 to 23 years earlier than other Australians, prompting a push for a ­national focus on delivering longer, healthier, happier lives. National Mental Health Commission chairman [...]

How reducing the number of stressful events in our lives could help beat dementia

How reducing the number of stressful events in our lives could help beat dementia

Stress is bad for our physical and mental health. It has been linked to several leading causes of death, including heart disease and mood disorders, such as depression. Now new research suggests that the actual number [...]

5 people from around the world share what it’s like to have single-payer healthcare

5 people from around the world share what it’s like to have single-payer healthcare

Shutterstock/ChameleonsEye The United States is the only wealthy, industrialized country that lacks universal healthcare. Some proponents of the US model say this increases people’s level of choice, allowing citizens to pick the plan that is right for them. Advocates for [...]

Outgoing WA Police Commissioner says mentally injured cops need better support

Outgoing WA Police Commissioner says mentally injured cops need better support

The WA Police Commissioner has admitted the service has not been good at identifying officers’ mental health issues, and said he regrets not getting a workers compensation scheme up and running for victims in the state [...]

AI is a powerful tool in the fight against anxiety and depression

AI is a powerful tool in the fight against anxiety and depression

The state of mental healthcare in the US is in crisis. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the US, and at a 30-year high. Anxiety and depression are literally killing us. Something has [...]

There’s even more evidence that one type of exercise is the closest thing to a miracle drug that we have

There’s even more evidence that one type of exercise is the closest thing to a miracle drug that we have

Shutterstock Want an all-natural way to lift your mood, improve your memory, and protect your brain against age-related cognitive decline? Get moving. A wealth of recent research, including a new study published this month, suggests that [...]

Go to the beach — it’s good for your physical and mental health, scientists declare

Go to the beach — it’s good for your physical and mental health, scientists declare

AUSTRALIANS are fond of taking off to the beach to spend some quality time in the surf, sun and sand and scientists have declared that it’s actually good for your health. Studies from the United States [...]

Push for better mental health care for seniors

Push for better mental health care for seniors

The Mental Health Commission of NSW has launched two new resources to work towards better mental health outcomes for older people. The documents, Living Well in Later Life: The case for change and a Statement of [...]